Bengaluru: Assembly polls in Karnataka, along with several other states, will take place in 2023. The Congress party is gearing up on how to prepare to regain the public’s confidence in Karnataka and other states. Therefore, senior party leader Rahul Gandhi has been attending Congress’ Karnataka unit’s political affairs committee meeting on Tuesday evening.
He will also participate in former chief minister Siddaramaiah’s 75th birthday party in the district headquarters town of Davanagere on Wednesday.
The political affairs committee’s maiden meeting is taking place for the first time after its constitution, at Hubballi in North Karnataka at around 8pm on Tuesday.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi constituted the political affairs committee on July 9. The committee is based on 35 members, with AICC general secretary in-charge of Karnataka, Randeep Singh Surjewala, as its convenor.
Some noted and senior leaders of the Congress are the members of the committee, such as KPCC president DK Shivakumar, Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Campaign Committee chief MB Patil, leader of opposition in the legislative council BK Hariprasad, and senior leaders like HK Patil, Dinesh Gundu Rao, M Veerappa Moily, and G Parameshwara, and so on.
It is expected that various topics will be raised in the meeting, including the upcoming assembly polls in Karnataka, expected to be held before May next year, along with organizational-related subjects.
Rahul Gandhi is likely to address the growing factionalism within the state Congress and will try to settle the matter at the earliest. The tussle between two party veterans, Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar, is on the cards. Both are in the race to become the Chief Minister of Karnataka if their party comes to power next year. The rift between the two seniors has been hurting the party’s prospects in the polls.
Rahul is expected to pay a visit to Chitradurga’s Murugarajendra Mutt, a well-known Lingayat seminary in the region, on August 3 and meet Sri Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru and seers of various mutts.
Rahul Gandhi had urged his supporters to set a target of winning 150 seats in next year’s Karnataka assembly poll. He vowed this on his last visit to the state in April.